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Cape fur seal

Cape fur seal
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Copyright: Philippe Baudet (phibau) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 1 N: 93] (601)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 100
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-01-08 17:41
Viewed: 2805
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This is the largest species of seal. This picture was taken at Cape Cross, site of the largest gathering of sea lions in the world. It is said that the population can exceed 100,000 animals.

As in other seal species, the males are much more massive than females (up to double the weight).
The species is sociable and gregarious. They spend most of the time in the water close to shore, except during the breeding season.
It can dive up to 200 meters deep apnea and stay in about seven minutes. They can change colony, there does not seem to have a formally established group.
The main predators of the species are the great white shark and killer whale in the marine environment. On land, only the young are eaten by jackals and hyenas. The species is not threatened, it is a pretext for killing a considerable number of them for their skin (there are also applications of traditional medicine).
Males constitute a harem of 10 females on average. They give birth to a single young, that they feed for 8 weeks, then entrust to nurseries to go feed themselves. Learning is slow: only the young can swim after 6-7 months!
Group behavior of these animals is exciting to watch, and in general, observation is only abandoned ... due to stench!

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WOW what a face, glad there is no "scratch and sniff" here in Trek land LOL (love your note) Where were you when you captured this? Great job I think i see you in his reflection!


Nice image of a seal up close. Focus and POV well done. I thought the seals face was a little to shaded, so I did a WS. Hope you like and can put this technique to use in certain situations. TFS


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